Maunakea Repeater Test


The monthly test of the Maunakea VOAD Repeater is set for Saturday, 06 November 2021, 1200-1300 HST.

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Kevin Bogan

2:54 PM (1 hour ago)

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MK repeater relocation still in the works.
Prepare for Winter Storms. Plan ahead of time for your group’s participation in an emcomm net in response to an Emergency Proclamation by the Governor.
To: CMS, HiCoARES, Big Island, KHRC, DECs, BIARC, BigIslandRADIO,, bigislandarrlnews, others
The Hawaii VOAD repeater will be turned back on at noon for the one hour test, Saturday, November 6, 2021, then turned off again. It needs to be tested on a monthly basis (1st Saturday) to ensure that it is operational. 
Please check in on the Hawaii State VOAD repeater, WH6FIU, 146.72 MHz (PL 100.0 Hz) Maunakea, Saturday, November 6, 2021  1200-1300 HST.

When checking in please give your callsign spelled phonetically. After the check ins are taken, we will conduct a roll call report. We will take TACTICAL callsign, name, location, power, antenna model number, antenna elevation above MSL and FCC CALLSIGN (E.G., AH6QO) See below for tactical callsign examples. 
If time permits, we will practice message handling. Please make note of the transmission quality of the stations to handle traffic and let me know at the end those stations that would not have a good enough signal to adequately pass traffic.
This is an emcomm repeater, so please use best practices as given by the NCS when operating on the repeater.  
  1. Follow the directions of the NCS.
  2. This is a directed net. All transmissions must be directed to the Net Control Station (NCS) unless given specific permission to go direct with another station.  
  3. No small talk. No sidetalk (unless following Directive #2 above.)
  4. Stick to the EEI (Essential Elements of Information).
  5. Reports should be structured with the most important part first and not necessarily in chronological order. (“If it were a joke, the punchline comes first.” )
  6. End your transmission with your call sign (as much as possible.) This is not an FCC requirement, but a net request. Reason: You never know when the NCS is going to jump to another station and leave you hanging with a 10-minute FCC timer counting down.
  7. If you are asked to report in a particular format, please comply to help speed up the process. If you arrive after the net starts, listen to the net and adhere to the net reporting format heard.
This repeater serves the member agencies and their emcomm operators (e.g., Big Island COAD, American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention, Team Rubicon, ARESHawaiian Humane Society and more)  and their partners (e.g., HI-EMA, HCCDA, MEMA, etc.)
Tactical Callsigns examples:
ARCBI “sounds like “AirSeaBEE-EYE
ARCBI mobile
ARES JUMP (team)
Ah Fook shelter
Rubicon 1 (Team Rubicon chainsaw)
Rubicon 2 (Team Rubicon muckout)
Pauilo Command (CERT)
Pauilo Lead 
Pauilo 1A (said as alpha)
Pauilo 2A
Pauilo Liaison (simplex <-> MK net)
BIVOAD (sounds like “buy Voe Add”)
TSA Lead
This is an EXERCISE, but try to use a tactical callsign that will work for a REALWORLD emcomm net.
Please give this notice the widest dissemination. 
Stay Healthy. Stay Safe.
Kevin Bogan, AH6QO
Chair, Hawaii VOAD Communications Working Group 
Hawaii Kai Strong
Skywarn HAM Radio Coordinator for Hawaii
ARES emcomm operator and trainer

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